British pop legend Paul McCartney turns 80

In the song “When I’m Sixty Four”, a very young Paul MCCARTNEY he imagined himself quietly retired at the age of 64. But the legend of british pop he will blow out 80 candles on Saturday, a week before he performs at Glastonbury, and he is still very active.

The ex-Beatle will become the longest-running headliner in the history of the legendary British music festival on June 25, which draws tens of thousands of people to the south-west of England each year.

“The Glastonbury crowd has always reminded me of a medieval battle scene,” he tweeted in late March.

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The concert will take place ten days after the end of their “Got Back Tour”, in which it has been filling stadiums in the United States for a month and a half.

Reluctant to step away from the stage, McCartney, who has been performing solo for more than 50 years, had to take a break during the covid-19 pandemic.

He then retired to his farm in the southeast of England with his daughter Mary and four of his eight grandchildren. But she did not waste time, but took the opportunity to record the album at home “McCartney III”, which came out in December 2020 and reached number one on the UK charts.

The following year, he recorded it again accompanied by a constellation of music stars, published a book that recalls his entire career”The Lyrics” and wrote a book of vegan recipes with her daughters Mary and Stella, as well as a children’s story.

Meanwhile, Disney+ premiered “McCartney 3,2,1” — a series of interviews with producer Rick Rubin and the Peter Jackson documentary “The Beatles: Get Back.”

On Saturday he turns 80, but his schedule is more packed than ever.

Despite the years and the dramas that have punctuated his life, he retains the slender figure and the mischievous look of the “Macca” that became famous with the Beatles.

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– Will he be Lord soon? –

James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool in 1942, into a modest family. His mother, a midwife, died when he was 14 years old.

The following year he met John Lennon and played with him in the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatleswith the arrival of George Harrison Y Ringo Starr.

The four, with their iconic haircuts, caused hysteria among their fans. The “Beatlemania” swept the world.

Together with Lennon, McCartney wrote hits, such as “hey jude”, “Penny Lane” and of course, “Yesterday”, recorded in 1,600 different versions.

But the childhood friendship was broken. The filming of “let it be”, around the self-titled album, marked the death of the “Fab Four” on April 10, 1970, to the great despair of their fans.

McCartney formed the group Wings with his wife, photographer Linda Eastman, on keyboard. Previously addicted to LSD, he became a vegetarian family man with her. The couple raised four children, Mary, Stella — now a fashion designer — James and Heather, from Linda’s previous marriage.

After 29 years of marriage, Linda died in 1998 of breast cancer. Heartbroken, McCartney devoted himself to good causes: the environment, animals, human rights. He tried classical music, painting and sculpture.

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He met Heather Mills, a former model whose leg was amputated in an accident, and married her in 2002. They had a daughter, Beatrice, before divorcing in 2008.

In October 2011, McCartney married American Nancy Shevell, heiress to a wealthy American businessman. The Sunday Times estimates the couple’s wealth at £865 million (over $1 billion).

Throughout his successful career, he has received numerous awards, including 18 grammysand was appointed “Sir” by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

Now it is rumored that “Lord” could soon be made, in a further acknowledgment of the prolific musician’s cultural imprint. Of the four Beatles, only he and Ringo Starr are still alive, who at 81 is also still on tour.

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